Julia Jones is the newest cast member to join ‘The Mandalorian’, Jon Favreau’s upcoming ‘Star Wars’ series for Disney+. Season 1 has been shot, so Jones will turn up in Season 2. She will join Ming-Na Wen, who was also announced as joining the series a couple of weeks ago at the D23 Expo. Like Wen, Jones’ character was not announced, nor were any details given.
Jones appeared as Kohana in two episodes of ‘Westworld’, and most recently appeared on Amazon’s ‘Goliath’, starring Billy Bob Thornton. She previously had the role of Gabriella Langton on ‘Longmire’, and Kaya Montoya on ‘ER’. She may be best remembered for playing Leah Clearwater in the ‘Twilight Saga’ movies.
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‘The Mandalorian’ will be available when Disney+ launches on November 12. Disney has announced that all of its original shows will be released one episode at a time. The first season consists of eight episodes. This marks the first-ever live-action ‘Star Wars’ TV series.
‘The Mandalorian’ takes place five years after the events of ‘Return of the Jedi’, with the Empire in ruins. Reportedly, fans will get to see the rise of the First Order. Favreau created the show, while Dave Filoni will helm the first episode and also act as executive producer, along with Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson.
The cast of the first season is headed up by Pedro Pascal as “The Mandalorian”, with Gina Carano as Cara Dune, an “ex-Rebel shock trooper,” and Carl Weathers as Greef Karga, “the head of this guild of bounty hunters.” The first season also features cast members Omid Abtahi, Giancarlo Esposito, Werner Herzog, Nick Nolte, and Emily Swallow. Taika Waititi lends his voice to the droid mercenary IG-11.
Reportedly, Season 2 will bring back characters from the “Skywalker Saga” films, so there is something for longtime fans to look forward to.
‘The Mandalorian’ and Disney+ will both be available on Tuesday, November 12.